Tag Archives: Ataturk

Armistice Day and Ataturk

November 11, 2018 November 10, 2018 marked the 80th anniversary of Ataturk’s passing. Today marks the centenary of the Armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, ending the First World War. Eleven days before that, the Armistice … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Troubled Relations with Europe

August 15, 2016 In retrospect, one of EU’s major foreign and security policy mistakes was the blunting of whatever momentum Turkey’s accession process had. It goes without saying that this was also Turkey’s failure. Had both sides acted with foresight, … Continue reading

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The Obama Legacy: A View from the Middle East

May 2, 2016 It was a few months before the 2008 US Presidential election. I was talking to my American colleague at UNESCO. I said to her that since American presidents’ decisions have global implications, democratic countries should also have … Continue reading

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Prime Minister Netanyahu on Iran

6 March 2015 I watched PM Netanyahu’s address to the Congress. I also read the transcript. What he said on Iran was hardly different from his UN General Assembly speech of 29 September 2014. It was the controversial nature of … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Military Incursion into Syria

24 February 201 Two days ago a large Turkish military column entered Syria to bring back to Turkey the remains of Suleyman Shah and evacuate the some 40 soldiers guarding his tomb. Suleyman Shah was the grandfather of the founder … Continue reading

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Quo Vadis Turkey?

3 February 2015 Turkey’s traditional foreign policy, bitterly criticized by the present Government for having betrayed Turkey’s potential, stood on pillars. Our relations with the United States and the European Union constituted the first two. A third one was our … Continue reading

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President Obama and the Middle East

1 February 2015 Five speeches delivered by President Obama are important to understanding his approach to the Middle East. These are: • Remarks to the Turkish Parliament (6 April 2009), • Remarks at the Cairo University where he addressed Moslem … Continue reading

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